Sunday, May 24, 2009


This blog will feature photos and stories about the stonework (bridges, retaining walls, walkways, shelters, buildings) created by the Civilian Conservation Corps. For the past 40-50 years I've encountered these beautiful works of art everywhere from the Appalachians to the West Coast, and it seems appropriate to collect photos of them in one place.

The blog will not cover the CCC in general - just the stonework. I've read several books about the CCC and will incorporate some basic background, but I intend to keep the focus on the stonework. I'll be photographing sites in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Upper Midwest, and will search the 'net for photos from around the country.

I would eventually like this to become a sort of "open source" blog where others can post their photos. That might be complicated, but for the present, if anyone has photos posted (at Flickr or elsewhere), just append a comment onto this post (or others) with the url for the pix and a description of the location, and I'll try to incorporate the information into a post.


  1. I am glad to find this blog. My father, who just died at the age of 84, was in the CCC's as a youth. He says they were the best days of his life. He was so very proud of it and talked about it all the time. However, he worked mostly in forestry as a tree-topper and planter. One of the projects he worked on was planting trees at the Bennington Battlefield in Wollomsack, NY. I go there sometimes to look at the trees he planted and it makes me very proud that he was a part of such a worthy project, and, going there make me feel close to him..Thank you for creating this blog and remembering the good work of the CCC. I am thinking with the high unemployment rate in the u.s. today, maybe our gov should think about bringing it back.

    You can check out some of my own projects if you like. Here is a good start;

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  3. I'm glad to have found this blog too. Lately my trips to the Falls end up with me being more interested and taking more photos of the stonework than the waterfall. I'm amazed at the beauty of those stairways and you are right they don't get the same attention as the waterfall.

    One of my trips led me to a rather unusual looking landmark made out of stone. I can't find any info on it so far. No one I've asked so far seems to know either, but it is a really cool looking structure. I don't see it photographed much either.

    I wonder if you or anyone could possibly help me identify what this structure is and if it was part of anything?